Drummond Beer Beer
Reviewed by Brady White on November 22, 2013 in Local Heroes Guide
- Brewery: Drummond Brewing Company
- Origin: Red Deer, AB
- Rated On: August 5, 2013
- Best Before: N/A
- ABV: 5.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cold to cool
- Style: Pale Lager
- Rating: GOOD !
This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden amber colour, with two fat fingers of foamy, chunky, foamy dirty white head, which leaves some broad swaths of streaky, sudsy island chain lace around the glass as it steadily blows off.
It smells of semi-sweet, somewhat generic, grainy cereal malt, a bit of wet paper bag, and earthy, musty, grassy hops. The taste is basic, lightly biscuity plain grainy malt, with a twinge of glutenous breakfast cereal, a bit more damp cardboard, and some mild weedy, hay-like hops. Huh <scratches head>. The carbonation is rather low for this sort of offering, the body light in weight, sure, but nowhere near thin, and maybe a tad clammy, but weirdly, or maybe just unexpectedly, unassailably smooth. It finishes off-dry, the now flattened graininess riding things out, and the hops slipping under the radar.
Um, what? I had this a few years or so ago, still in the new incarnation of the Drummond brewery, and the carpet matched the drapes – that is to say, the can’s contents were worthy of the minimalist packaging. Well, what can I say – things have changed, and for the better – there indeed doesn’t seem to be any adjuncts employed here – the graininess just seems too real. The proof is in the pudding – this is now probably the best value category sixer available locally, by a league or two, and not just when considering per-unit cost.